Job Opening: Lab Manager – Research Assistant

An immediate opening is available for a job (1-2 year commitment, 2 years preferred) as lab manager and research assistant in the Bintu Lab in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University.

The Bintu Lab uses systems and synthetic biology approaches to understand and control gene and chromatin regulation in human cells. This is an opportunity to work on projects that develop new gene control and epigenetic engineering tools. Techniques used include molecular cloning, engineering of mammalian cell lines, CRISPR screens, and flow cytometry. The position will involve close collaboration with a friendly and inclusive interdisciplinary team.

This is an excellent training opportunity for anyone interested in attending graduate school in Bioengineering, Biophysics, Genetics, Biology, other bio-programs or Medical School. Our previous research assistant, Michael Herschl, is now a PhD student in the UCSF-Berkeley Bioengineering Graduate Program. This job would also work well for a research scientist who wants a full-time long-term position as lab manager and research assistant. Alternatively, a part-time (50%) long-term position for just the lab manager portion would work as well. We loved our previous part-time lab manager Rhonda DiGiusto, who is now enjoying her retirement after a lifetime of helping grow research labs.


  • Help with general lab maintenance: maintain lab stock, manage chemical inventory and safety records, and provide general lab support as needed, ~50% of the time.
  • Perform experiments and data analysis in support of research projects in the Bintu lab, ~50% of the time. Experiments include: molecular cloning of individual plasmids or pooled libraries, creation of stable engineered mammalian cell lines, flow cytometry and FACS, genomic DNA extraction, preparation of NGS libraries. Your contribution will be recognized by authorship on published manuscripts.

* Other duties may also be assigned


  • Attention to detail and critical thinking
  • Ability to following detailed instructions and maintain accurate records
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Strong academic record in molecular and cellular biology, biophysics, biochemistry or bioengineering
  • Experience in molecular lab environment, specifically cloning and sterile tissue culture, would be a plus.

Please apply by emailing Lacra Bintu at Please attach a CV and transcript (especially if you plan to apply to grad school), and explain your career goals and desired start date in the body of the email.

Postdoc Position Available

We are looking for a postdoc to work on high-throughput development of compact tools for transcriptional and chromatin regulation in human cells. We have funding for this work through a Novel Genomic Technology Development R01 Grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute, joint between the Bintu and Bassik Labs

The postdoc in this position will benefit from joint mentoring from Lacra Bintu (Assistant Professor of Bioengineering) and Michael Bassik (Associate Professor of Genetics), and will have access to resources and techniques of both labs, including: next-generation sequencing, CRISPR screens, flow cytometry, time-lapse fluorescence imaging, and multiplex DNA FISH.

Postdoc candidates, please send a CV, including names and contact information for 3 references. Additionally, please provide a brief cover letter describing your previous experience, career goals, proposed start date, and an informal description of your general scientific interests. Please email all documents in PDF format to: and

Lab Hike

We went for a hike at the Stanford Dish to celebrate the end of the winter quarter and welcome spring. We got to hang out with each other in person as a group (with masks and socially distanced) for the first time in a year! And we are well on our way to being a fully vaccinated lab.

2019 Bintu Lab Retreat

We wrapped up the summer by going up North to wine country.

We had an amazing time wine-tasting, hanging out by the Russian River, and discussing science. And this time we actually remembered to take some pictures:

Awesome brunch at the house in Ukiah that we rented for the night:

New members join the group

In the last 3 months our group doubled in size! We are very excited to welcome:

Three new graduate students: Joydeb Sinha (Chemical and Systems Biology), Michaela Hinks (Bioengineering), and Nicole DelRosso (Biophysics, co-advised with Polly Fordyce)

Two new postdocs: Taihei Fujimori (from Satoshi Sawai’s lab at University of Tokyo) started in May 2019, and Jun Wan (from Beth Weaver’s Lab at University of Wisconsin – Madison) will join in January 2020.

One new research assistant: Michael Herschl just graduated from the Stanford Bioengineering undergraduate program and is now continuing his work in the lab as a research assistant.

We had a lab party on June 1st, but had such a good time that we forgot to take any group pictures!

But here’s a picture from a surprise party lab members organized for Lacra’s birthday (from left to right: Lacra, Josh, Mike, Sarah, Michaela, Joydeb, Taihei, Connor):

Recruiting: students and postdocs

We are looking for graduate students and postdocs who are interested in mammalian synthetic biology, chromatin and gene regulation, and quantitative biology.

Graduate students, please apply through one of the graduate programs at Stanford: BioengineeringBiophysics, or Biosciences. If you are at Stanford already, please email Lacra (lbintu at gmail) to chat about a potential rotation.

Postdocs, please email Lacra (lbintu at gmail).